Relapse Prevention

  • Cheza W. Collier
  • G. Alan Marlatt
Part of the Springer Series in Rehabilitation and Health book series (SSRH)


This chapter discusses relapse prevention (RP) as it pertains to health behavior change, particularly in the addictions. RP is a cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment of habitual problem behaviors and maintenance of alternative coping behaviors. It is particularly applicable during the maintenance stage of behavior change when patients are most likely to lose their motivation for change and are at risk for reverting back to old, undesirable habits (e.g., smoking, overeating, excessive drinking, or other substance abuse).


Eating Disorder Relapse Prevention Addictive Behavior Negative Emotional State Positive Outcome Expectancy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheza W. Collier
    • 1
  • G. Alan Marlatt
    • 1
  1. 1.Addictive Behaviors Research Center, Department of PsychologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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